Jaco Van Dormael

Jaco Van Dormael (°Elsene, 1957) created Cold Bood for KVS.

Who was your childhood hero?


When you were a child, what did you want to become?

I wanted to be a cook or an inventor of flying bicycles. In the end I became a director, a job for those who don’t yet know what they want to be when they grow up.

What was your most unforgettable experience on stage?

When I was in a clown duo with Didier de Neck, we were in our twenties and were going to perform in a home for the deaf and blind. We had adapted our show, removing all the dialogue, and developed a purely visual act, very much like mime. When the curtain opened, the first twenty rows were full of blind people, while the people who could see well but had hearing problems were right at the back so that they could hardly see anything. Those were the longest forty minutes of my life.

Who would be a hero to you now? 

Someone who flees the war, traverses Syria and Turkey on foot, crosses the Mediterranean without drowning, travels on as far as Belgium and there, after a night on the street, is treated as an intruder.

What are you going to do as an artist-in-residence at the KVS?

The KVS, in association with Theater La Manège in Mons, have made an incredibly interesting proposal for someone who has not worked in spoken-word theatre: they are giving me the freedom to experiment and do research, and gain experience with actors who balance between two languages, without knowing what the final result will look like. No one knows yet what it will be or whether it will at all worthwhile. That’s nice. See you at my Experience 2017 in April!